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An interesting read, certainly, but I didn't feel any emotion in the writing. It was as if Karski was simply a narrator...
on 11 April 2012
Whilst I found this book an extremely interesting read, and am in awe as to Jan Karski's and the Poles' capacity for endurance, I somehow felt that it was being told without emotions. Was it because the author had to purge himself of feeling to be able to survive and carry out his work, or was it because the events, things he saw and had to endure, had hardened him? I'm not sure, but I expected this tale to have me in tears, as did the Diary Of Anne Frank, and as do the documentaries on the History Channel. To me, it seemed as if he had written it in the guise of a reporter.
Yes, it opened up my eyes to much that I didn't know about this period, and yes, it was interesting to see the Russian and German thought-patterns, and to see how involved Poland was in the war in its own, underground way, but I wish it had been more vivid. It felt as if I was experiencing things through a veil/smudged TV screen...
Still, it's a very worthwhile read, and one of those that I wish I was allowed to donate to my local library.